Pretty and Plaid Christmas Tree

Bridget & Casey November 7, 2016 Comments

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We know, we know…it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet and we’re already showcasing our Christmas tree. But guys….we are so excited to share this year’s Michaels Makers Dream Tree with you that it’s almost making us forget that the holiday season hasn’t even officially started.

Last year, we took our love of neutrals a bit far and did a gold & silver tree that was full of glamorous elements. We loved that look, but were excited to change it up and add some colorful elements to the mix this time around.

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This year we decided to infuse some holiday red into the look and we settled on a theme that we’re affectionately calling PRETTY AND PLAID!
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We hit up Michaels and popped just about every white, red, gold, and plaid item into our carts to create this unified look. michaels-christmas-tree-2016-tree-top

But before we dive into details about the holiday accessories and tree decorations, let’s chat about the tree itself. Since Casey has tall ceilings, we decided to go with a 9 foot Willow Tree. When we took it out of the box and put it together (so easy btw), we were amazed at what a pretty and classic tree it was. So slim & tall and full for being smooshed in a box! Plus, the tree is pre-lit so we were very pleasantly surprised to find out that it went from in the box to on display with lights in about 15 minutes! Michaels is having some amazing sales on trees right now (some are 50% off & have free shipping!), so be sure to check out this page if you’re shopping for a new one. Their collection on Michaels.com is also huge this year with colored and flocked trees!

We can’t emphasize enough how much we loved this faux Christmas tree. If you’re looking to upgrade yours this year (and have the correct ceiling height), you won’t be disappointed with this one!

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Okay onto the accessories! We started with a thick red plaid ribbon and wound that all the way around the tree. This added the perfect pop of color and really added the preppy element we wanted.

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Last year, we learned all about flocked branches so you better believe we added plenty to this tree. Not only does it make the tree look even fuller, but these white branches really brighten up the tree and give that pretty snowy effect! The big ones can get a little pricey, so be sure to use your Michaels coupon and stock up. Plus you can use them for years and years…so they’re a worthwhile investment for your holiday decor! Here are some smaller ones we added to the tree too. michaels-christmas-tree-2016-ornamentsWith the ribbon and flocked branches adorning the tree it was time for the ornaments! We kept it simple and glam with white, gold, and silver ball ornaments (you can buy a pack like this one to really keep the look consistent). You really can’t go wrong with a bunch of these on your tree!
michaels-christmas-tree-2016-pretty-plaidThis light box sign is a new favorite of ours and we’ve been using it all.the.time. You may want to consider picking one up to add to your home decor. Bridget used it for her sister’s birthday party, but then keeps it up in her house on an everyday basis displaying cute quotes and words. Such a fun addition to any household!
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Creating a unified present theme is also a great idea for any Christmas tree. Brown paper, red plaid, and cute gold ones were used beneath our dream tree. We are not going to lie…all of these packages are empty (we haven’t started our holiday shopping quite yet…we promise we’re not that on top of things!). But we were able to use these wrapped gifts for our Christmas card this year, which was part of the inspiration for this whole look! We cannot wait to show you those at a more seasonally appropriate time (probably the beginning of December!)michaels-christmas-tree-2016-stockingmichaels-christmas-tree-2016-gold-red-plaidmichaels-christmas-tree-2016-red-plaid-gifts

Overall, we’re soooo happy with how this year’s pretty and plaid dream tree! We’re not gonna lie, we did put up and take the tree down all in 1 day specifically for the post. There’s just no way we could keep this baby up from mid-October until the end of December. But we are kinda excited to get it back up after Thanksgiving because it really is dreamy! michaels-christmas-tree-2016-sparking-tree

Oh and don’t worry…we’re not officially into holiday blog content just yet. We still have lots of fall content and DIY projects to share for the remainder of the month. Then it will be holiday cheer all over The DIY Playbook. And when it is time to put up your Christmas tree, be sure to check in on all of these other Michaels Makers dream trees below, as well as the Michaels’ blog called The Glue String. There’s some magical inspiration out there…
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  • Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Gorgeous! I’m excited for Christmas and am ready to bust out the Christmas jams lol

    • Thanks Heather & us too!! Let the countdown begin… =)

  • shawnna griffin

    Good morning girls. Love this tree! so pretty! Y’all did a great job. Can’t wait to start decorating for Christmas!

    • We are excited too! Bring on the holiday cheer!

  • I always love seeing your tree(s) – Maggie’s last year was AMAZING!!!

    • That was a favorite of ours! So glamorous! This year we figured it was about time to add in some color. So far we’re digging the red.

      Thanks Elise!

    • I like it too… very classic and elegant at the same time. <3

  • Abbie DeLaney Zinkan

    OK, I have to know, on the bottom shelf of your built-in is a cube shaped wire decoration, gold and filled with red, gold and silver ornaments. Where did you get that? It’s adorable!! Thanks!

    • So cute, right?! Sadly it’s like 10 years old! I think it was originally from Pier 1 and I just filled it with ornaments on my own.

  • bethany vanpelt

    Love this tree! Sometimes I think nuetral Christmas can be over done so this is perfect. 🙂 Also – what really caught my eye is that light up sign! Does it come with letters included, or do you have to buy those separately?

    • Thanks so much Bethany! The sign is from Michaels and yes it does come with the letters. However we’ve purchased extra letters so you can have more variety when it comes to what you want to write!

    • bethany vanpelt

      Awesome. Thanks so much!

  • Digging the preppy gift wrap! I also like your gray plaid pillow – it’s so nice when regular decor “works” with a Christmas theme.

    • Completely agree! So nice to not have to get rid of everything to put out Christmas decor.